My next binder… will it be Filofax, FC, or Gillio

I’m thinking of getting new binders. I recently purchased a lime green Franklin Covey planner of ebay. I considered it a dream comes true. Since, I just dream to have the lime green planner for months and finally found it on ebay. I bought it the minutes I saw and scrutinized the functionality of the binder, ring size, and the design. Of course, I snagged it right away. I was pretty pleased with myself.

Franklin Covey

You may think this is such a normal planner, nothing fancy. I have to agree. But I have a soft spot for the buckle and this one has a buckle!!. On the top, it has a full length pocket (like a wallet). It’s just perfect. I can use it as a binder/wallet/extra note pages holder.

I’m eyeing my next purchase which is also a Franklin Covey. This one is about 6900 yen. This new binder will be from Japan site which I cannot understand any words in it. DARN!!! I just love the color, flower charm, the design and everything about it.

Now it’s all about trying to figure out how to order it when I have no way to understand anything listed on the website. Yikes!!!

Franklin Covey Flower Charm

Franklin Covey Flower Charm

My next binder that I have in mind is FILOFAX (yay!) Malden in Aqua. I’m going to order from writeathome.co.uk. Since they have a special promotion (FREE SHIPPING), I can’t resist. I personally love the FF malden because of it’s leather, design and it can hold the wider pages of FC…. LOVE!!!

I love my purple malden so much that the decision to get the aqua is so easy. I was debating between an aqua malden and an orange osterley. The aqua malden won hands down.

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Besides the above three binders, I’m also drooling over Gillio and other Filofax and other Franklin Covey.

What do I usually think when I decide on my new binder>>>

  • They must be in personal sized Filofax. I tried the A5, compact, and pocket. None of them work out for me. A5 is too big and too heavy! Pocket size and mini are way too small. I can’t turn pages because the rings are too tiny.
  • I consider the colors before all things LOL. I set the colors first so I can only buy certain designs. This way I can save myself from buying multiple ones in the same colors. (I did own 7 red binders and 3 pink binders! This must stop!!)
  • As much as I love pink and red, I must stop myself from getting more in the same shades.
  • My next colors that I like to get are orange and blue.
  • The rings must be big enough to fulfill my needs of putting thick chunk of inserts. FC passes all the way. FF can’t win this battle.
  •  I love quality leathers but at the same time I allow myself to buy non leather binders too.
  • I also look carefully at the innards too. They must have pockets, 2 pen loops are preferable.
  • Laying flat is quite important too since most of the time my experiences with Finsbury annoy me.
  • Price is also one huge issue. As much as I love to have a Gillio but the price is way out of my league especially when I converted the price to my currency. Oh GOSH!!! I have to stop myself from even thinking about it.

Well, I’ll line up what I’ll be getting in the next few months in a particular order.

  1. Franklin Covey lime green (coming soon to mama)
  2. Filofax Aston in gray (not my fav color but it’s the only color available!)
  3. Franklin Covey Flower (As soon as I can figure out how to order in Japanese)
  4. Filofax Aqua Malden (As soon as it comes out)
  5. Filofax Blue Finsbury (hesitate yet interested)
  6. Gillio (if I can win a lottery, this will be my baby someday)

Any other suggestions are welcome. Just please do not introduce me to any other expensive binders would be really awesome. I can’t afford any expensive ones at the moment but who knows I might be able to get it sooner than I think.

My week on filofax

Now let me show you how I wrote and made my filofax looking attractive enough to look at everytime I open it.

Here are the first week of using my FF.

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I like to decorate my page with washi tapes and stickers. I highlighted the days to make it easier to separate each day.

I’m using the Uni Style Fit 4-colors in one. They are 0.38 gel ink pens that do not bleed through the thin FF pages. Although they are so thin, I grew to like this kind of FF pages.

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I used the FF tabs that come with the binders but I found them plain, dull, and boring. So, I add colors to spike things up. As you could see by now, I love pink!

I have to admit filofax is so addictive. I’m now a proud owner of finsbury, malden, dakota, and chameleon. All of them are in personal size.

I want to try the FranklinCovey inserts so badly.

My Finsbury Filofax

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This is the second filofax that I bought. The first one was the Malden in pink. I like the soft and unstructure kind of leather of the malden.

But I kinda like the finsbury for its stiffness and the pink is so pretty. I’ve been using the pink finsbury for over a month before my next FF arrived!

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I ordered the inserts from Japan Corner. The minutes I saw the dividers, I told myself I had to have them. I even ordered them before my first very first ff arrived.

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I found the free inserts from limetreefruits and was amazed at her amazing art skills. I dowloaded all her inserts in both personal and AU5 sizes. Now all the inserts are now resting nicely in my petsonal FF.

I will have another blog to show you how my week goes. I saw a lot of FF blog that showcasing their ff week on 2 pages and I think I could let you see mine too. I hope they aren’t too bad to show. 🙂